07/23/14 1:57pm
Hoffman Building renovation in Eisenhower East Alexandria, Virginia

I live in Carlyle and used to work at Hoffman. Talk about a great commute! This is great news for the Eisenhower East community especially with the National Science Foundation on the way.

Via Virginia Business

On behalf of the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) has signed a lease renewal for 606,575 square feet at Hoffman Tower II in Alexandria.

“This is the largest lease in the Washington, D.C., region in 2014, and is one of the top five in the region in the last five years,” Brendan Owen, chairman of the Asset Services Group for Newmark Grubb Knight Frank (NGKF) said in a statement. He and NGKF Principal Scott Johnston represented the owner, The Hoffman Co., while CBRE represented the government.

“The Department of Defense has occupied the site for more than 30 years, and more recently has modernized the building, including energy efficiency upgrades,” said Owen.

Hoffman Tower II is part of Hoffman Town Center, an urban mixed-use development in central Alexandria, developed by The Hoffman Co. Located adjacent to the Eisenhower Avenue Metro Station and within three blocks of the U.S. Federal District Courthouse, Hoffman Town Center represents the potential for more than 5million square feet of office, retail and residential space on 54 acres.

Read more at this link.

07/23/14 1:40pm

This is a great idea. One of those why didn’t I think of it moments…


The D.C. region’s dogs want for little, between doggy spa days and organic, artisan dog food. Now, if they’ve had a few too many truffle mac-n-cheese treats, there’s a place they can go to get in shape.

Frolick Dogs, located in a warehouse building on Colvin Street in Alexandria, is the brainchild of Kevin and Kim Gilliam, a husband-and-wife team who bonded over dogs and decided to turn it into a business.

Kevin had pursued his passion for dogs through dog training, working for years at the Olde Towne School for Dogs. When Kim, who has an MBA from Cornell and had worked in marketing and communications for various associations over the years, wanted to start a business, it seemed like a natural fit, she said.

Read more about the new business at this link.

07/23/14 12:58pm
Alexandria Chamber of Commerce

The Alexandria Chamber of Commerce annually honors businesses for their significant role in driving the City’s business community and economic growth. To be considered for a Business of the Year award, the organization must be setting the standards for excellence and innovation with their business practices and community involvement.

This is an excellent opportunity to gain great exposure for your company and be recognized for your success and celebrate your achievements among the entire Alexandria business community.

Nominations are open through July 31, 2014. To review eligibility guidelines and/or to download a nomination form, click this link.

07/23/14 10:16am

There was a motorcade that traveled up and down Washington Street last night. Apparently it was Vice President Joe Biden who was dining at Mount Vernon.

(H/T Lisa)

07/23/14 9:55am

I know my son will only eat certain items on the Alexandria public schools menu. Like many Alexandria public school kids, he turns his nose up at the rest of the menu. What about your kids? What do they think of the ACPS menu?

Via Herald Online

As the debate on school lunch reform continues to rage on at the national and state government level, a new survey found that less than six percent of parents feel the recent reforms have resulted in any meaningful healthy changes in the foods served to their children. Conducted by the Life Time Foundation, a private operating foundation created by Life Time – The Healthy Way of Life CompanySM, the survey tallied 1,079 parents’ thoughts regarding school meals.

Survey participants suggested that government guidelines and implemented changes nationwide aren’t resonating with parents. Most notably, 29 percent said they weren’t sure what the new guidelines are and 22 percent said that the guidelines didn’t seem to improve the lunches at all. Moreover, 43.8 percent said that more change needs to be implemented.

When deciding to purchase school lunches, survey respondents said price and convenience weren’t as important as quality of ingredients. More than 72 percent are willing to pay up to $2.00 more per meal for healthier meals for their children, and 83 percent said they would have their child purchase school meals more often if the offerings were all natural. Notably, 72 percent of parents also said they regularly review the nutrition content of the food they serve their kids at home, while 60 percent of parents have never looked at the nutritional information of foods supplied at school.

Read more at this link.